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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 65, 66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

One of the high-profile programs at Northwestern is our 
athletic program. And so far this year, the athletic program has represented your 
university well. 

The Demons have won Southland Conference championships in football 
and men's basketball. The regular season title in men's basketball was the first 
in 31 years. 

As gratifying as the success on the playing field is. one thing I am proud of 
is the work done in the classroom by our student-athletes. NSU recently led all 
Southland Conference schools by placing 61 student-athletes on the Fall 
Academic Honor Roll recognizing outstanding academic performance by 
competitors in football, volleyball, cross country and women's soccer. 

The university also ranked above the national average in the NCAA's 
initial Academic Progress Rates report. Northwestern received a score of 95 1 
on a 1.000-point scale, which said in essence that 95 percent of our student- 
athletes are doing a good job of positioning themselves to graduate. This report 
affirms our strong commitment to provide academic supptirt for student- 
athletes, and the young people competing for Northwestern are here for the 
right reason. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, 85, '91 

Director Alumni and Development 

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

I can't believe that it has been almost a year since we 
unveiled the public phase of the For a Brighter Tomorrow 
Capital Campaign for Northwestern State University. This historic endeavor 
has been exciting because it has certainly raised the awareness of the 
importance of private giving to our beloved alma mater. 

We have been so pleased over the past few months to have worked with 
several alumni, families, corporations, organizations and businesses in 
establishing scholarships and endowments with the university. We have 
highlighted some of the most recent gifts in this issue and will continue to 
emphasize others in future editions. 

We have a wonderful university and a very proud group of alumni and 
supporters. It is a pleasure for us, as members of the NSU Alumni and 
Development staff, to go out and visit with you individually and in groups 
about NSU. Your enthusiasm certainly motivates our staff! 

We hope that our initiatives (the Alumni Columns magazine, our monthly 
e-newsletter, alumni receptions in your communities, reunions and other 
alumni functions on campus, our website, 
merchandise sales, etc.) are reaching you and other alumni of NSU. Certainly, 
please contact me if you have suggestions or ideas on how we can continue to 
grow and serve our many thousands of alumni. We look forward to your input! 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XV Number 1 Spring 2005 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 

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Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71497-0002 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Winnfield, 1993 

Vice President Mike Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Secretary -Treasurer Jerry Brungart 

Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Executive Director. Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston,Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

GailJones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport, 1995 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr. B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Rick Walmsley .' Covington, 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

J. Michael Wilbum Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 


Mindy McConnell Natchitoches 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr. Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 

David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 

Darla Williford, 

Junior Journalism Major 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane. Decatur. Georgia 30033-4097; 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate. Bac- 
calaureate. Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

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Northwestern's knack for producing prominent professional athletes is well documented. Going 
back to 1951, when Johnny "Hound" McConathy was the No. 5 pick in the NBA Draft, and 
continuing today with Terrence McGee's recent trip to the Pro Bowl and Brian Lawrence emerging 
as one of the top pitchers in the National League, former Demons have always grabbed more than their 
share of attention on the nation's sports scene. 

That's also been true for many Northwestern alumni who have entered the coaching profession. 
NSU's traditional role in producing educators has spawned a large group of teacher/coaches, many who 
have been pacesetters in high school athletics. Johnny "Red" Robertson and Edna Tarbutton are enshrined 
in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for their remarkable accomplishments as high school coaches in 
Louisiana. In the Hall of Fame for their tremendous collegiate coaching achievements at Northwestern 
are Dr. H. Lee Prather, Dr. Charles "Red" Thomas, and Coach Walter Ledet. Also enshrined is another 
NSU alumnus, Joe Aillet, who was Louisiana Tech's most revered football coach. 

But even considering the many state championship prep teams and conference championship squads 
in college coached through the years by NSU alumni, there's never been a collection of Demons who 
have reached prominent levels in the coaching profession as we have today. Consider this impressive 
group of active coaches: 

• Jim Wells, head baseball coach. University of Alabama Crimson Tide 

• Mike Brey, head basketball coach, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 

• Dr. Gayle Hatch, head men's weightlifting coach, 2004 USA Olympic Team 

• Bill Johnson, defensive line coach, Atlanta Falcons, NFL 

• Barry Rubin, strength coach. Green Bay Packers. NFL 

• Ed Orgeron, head football coach. University of Mississippi Rebels 

That doesn't include three alumni who are head coaches at their alma mater: 

• Scott Stoker, head coach, NSU Demon football 

• Jennifer Graf, head coach, NSU Lady Demon 

• Willie Paz. head coach, NSU Lady Demon tennis 

And there are 1 7 more former Demons working 
as assistant coaches at Northwestern — eight of 
the 16 assistants, counting graduate assistants and 
related staff, in football alone. 

"It's something I made a priority when I was 
putting together my staff," said Stoker, named 
"Coach of the Year" in the Southland Conference and in Louisiana last fall after leading the Demons to 
the SLC title and a second Division I-AA playoff appearance in his three years as head coach. 

"It means more to you, coaching at your alma mater, than anyplace else," he said. "You want to make 
the people you know the best proud of our school. But my bottom line is always to put together the best 
possible coaching staff, and I'm proud to say that the foundation we receive academically and the 
experiences we gain competing in athletics at Northwestern are a proven winning combination when it 
comes to producing outstanding coaches." 

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The headliners among the NSU alumni in coaching are an 
accomplished group. Wells has been the national collegiate 
baseball "Coach of the Year" while leading Alabama to three 
College World Series appearances, including a spot in the 1997 
national championship game. He got the Alabama job after 
revitalizing Demon baseball, leading NSU to three Southland 
Conference titles in five seasons from 1990-94. 

Brey, who played point guard 
for Coach Tynes Hildebrand's 
Demon basketball team from 1 977- 
80, has brought Notre Dame back 
among the nation's more prominent 
college basketball programs after 
contributing to two national 
championships and six NCAA 
Final Four appearances as an 
assistant coach at Duke. In a recent 
national talk show appearance on 
Sporting News Radio, Brey 
credited his days at NSU playing 
for Hildebrand as crucial to his 
development into a successful 

Hatch's recent service as the USA Olympic men's 
weightlifting coach in the Athens Games was the pinnacle of his 
ongoing career as a strength and conditioning coach. Hatch was 
inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches' Hall 
of Fame's inaugural 14-member class in August 2003, and the 
USA Olympic Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame in April 
2002. He received the 2005 NFL Strength & Conditioning 
Coaches' Society "President's Award" for his role in developing 
the profession. The Baton Rouge resident has won 12 national 
Coach of the Year honors from USA Weightlifting. 

Johnson, Rubin and Orgeron were football teammates at 
Northwestern in the late 1970s. After ending his playing career 
before Johnson and Orgeron, Rubin became a protege of NSU 
assistant coach Al Miller, who was a student of strength and 
conditioning training, and Rubin quickly emerged as a trendsetting 
young strength coach himself. He, too, has been enshrined in the 
USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches' Hall of Fame as part 
of the inaugural 14-member class. 

Johnson and Orgeron began coaching as student assistants 
at Northwestern in the early 1980s. They both played under coach 
A.L. Williams, with Orgeron playing his senior year for new coach 
Sam Goodwin in 1983, while Johnson worked as part of the 
coaching staff. Orgeron began coaching under Goodwin as soon 
as his playing days ended. 

Fast friends, they quickly moved through the profession and 
each wound up at the University of Miami as the Hurricanes' 
football program was emerging as a national power in the late 
1 980s. Johnson spent several seasons at Texas A&M and worked 
at the University of Arkansas before Dan Reeves offered him a 
chance to jump to the NFL as the Falcons' defensive line coach. 
The Monroe native weathered the coaching change when Jim 
Mora Jr. took over as Atlanta's new head coach last year, and 
earned significant acclaim as the Falcons won their division title 

and reached the playoffs last season. 

Orgeron is in his first year as 
head football coach at Ole Miss, 
already having galvanized the 
Rebels' fan base with his 
passionate approach to building a 
nationally-competitive program. 
That's something he knows from 
experience, having been named 
the national "recruiter of the year" 
while serving as assistant head 
coach and helping Southern 
California win two national titles. 
He also was part of two national 
championships at Miami. 

Clearly, NSU is producing trendsetting coaches whose 
accomplishments are making headlines, in our own backyard, 
across the nation and even the world. 

Alumni can become certified 
teachers through 
Teach Northwestern 

7<?«(:7zNorthwestern, NSU's program to assist 
individuals to become teachers in Louisiana schools, 
seeks candidates who want to bring their career and 
life experiences into the classroom. Participants are 
not required to have a degree in education, as the 
program is designed for anyone with a college 
degree, from recent graduates to experienced 

Tieac/jNorthwestern's alternative teacher 
certification programs include the Practitioner 
Teacher Program, during which individuals become 
certified while teaching full-time through an 
accelerated certification course. 

However, two programs allow participants to 
keep working in their traditional jobs while becoming 

The Master's with Alternate Certification offers 
coursework leading to a Master of Art in Teaching 
degree and teacher certification in Elementary 
Education, Middle School Education, Secondary 
Education, or Mild/Moderate Special Education. 
This program offers traditional semester-long courses 
at night and online. 

The Non-Master's pathway to Alternate 
Certification offers coursework leading to teacher 
certification in Early Childhood Education, 
Elementary Education, Middle School Education, 
Secondary Education, or Mild/Moderate Special 
Education. This program is for those seeking a more 
flexible, non-degree alternate certification program. 

For more information, contact April Matt at 
(318) 357-6014 or 

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■ Univen>ity of Louit^iana ■ 

^^H Campaign ^^^| 

$18.84 million 


16 million 

14 million 

12 million 

10 million 

8 million 

6 million 

4 million 

2 million 


For A Brighter Tomorrow 

Endowed Scholarship 
Established by LaCap 

As of March, $15 mil- 
lion has been raised 
toward the $18.84 mil- 
lion For a Brighter To- 
morrow Capital Cam- 
paign Goal. For more 
information, contact 
the Office of Institu- 
tional Advancement at 
(318) 357-4414 or 
(888) 799-6486. 

Shown are La 
Capitol Central 
Manager Karen 
Vines, left, and 
Sharon Sampite, 
assistant director 
of Institutional 
Advancement at 

La Capitol Federal Credit Union 
presented a donation to the Nortliwestern 
State University Foundation to create the 
La Capitol Federal Credit Union Endowed 
Scholarship. The scholarship will provide a 
student with $250 per semester starting this 

The scholarship is currently open to any 
major. The qualifications provide for a 
student in financial need maintaining a 2.5 
grade point average. 

"We understand the importance of 
attracting quality students to NSU through 
scholarships," said Karen Vines, La Capitol's 
Central Louisiana Regional Manager. "Hopefully, 
this contribution will ease the financial burden for 
one of tomorrow's leaders." 

La Capitol Federal Credit Union is a federally 
chartered cooperative, membership-owned financial 
institution. It is owned by the members and directed 
by a board of volunteers. La Capitol is one of the 
largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 
45,000 members through 10 offices statewide. It is 
the only credit union in 
Natchitoches and serves anyone 
who lives, works, worships or 
attends school in Natchitoches 

"The Natchitoches branch of 
La Capitol has been in existence 
since 1985, starting in a small 
office on Amulet Street and has 
enjoyed a relationship with NSU 
that goes back into the 1970s," 
Vines said. "We now have a location on Keyser 
Avenue and will soon have an additional location on 
College Avenue across from the University." 

La Capitol began as a tiny credit union operating 
in the sub-basement of the Louisiana State Capitol. 
Members called their credit union "La Capitol" 
meaning "the capitol." 

"Fostering relationships like this one between 
Northwestern and La Capitol is a win-win situation," 
said Sharon Sampit , assistant director of institutional 
advancement at NSU. "La Capitol is investing in 
today's students who will become tomorrow's 
workforce. La Capitol's contribution will help a 
promising individual with a bright future ahead." 

Journalism Scholarship 

An endowment to the Northwestern State 
University Foundation from Mr. and Mrs. John A. 
Manno Jr. of Bossier City has created the Michael 
Peter Manno Memorial Scholarship in journalism. 

The endowment was created with an initial gift of 

$10,000. The ideal candidate for the scholarship is a 
college junior or senior, preferably from Caddo or 
Bossier Parish, who has strong interest in community 

"It's intended for a person who not only excels 
academically, but also someone who is outgoing and 
participates in school activities, whether they are 
involved in a fraternity or sorority, athletics or other 
campus organizations and activities," Manno said. 

The recipient "would be an upperclassman who has 
excelled not only in his or her chosen career path but 
also excelled in extracurricular ventures outside the 
professional degree program. In other words a person 
who is very well- 
rounded," said Dr. 
Steve Horton, chair of 
the Department of 

"When 1 graduated 
from college, one 
thing I wanted to do 
was give back to the 
community. This is 
something I can do," 

Manno said. "I would like to continue Shown from left 
contribution to the scholarship over are Department of 
the next couple of years so that the Journalism Chair 
endowment would pay a full Dr. Steve Horton, 
.scholarship to the student for a full Mr. and Mrs. 
year." Manno and Dr 

"This scholarship illustrates that Chris Maggio, 
a quality education is about more than NSU director of 
academics. It's about getting Alumni and 
involved, staying socially conscious Development. 
and becoming a productive member 
of society," said Dr. Chris Maggio, director of Alumni 
and Development. 

Manno is vice president and co-owner of Southland 
Printing in Shreveport, a family-owned business that 
produces parking lot/parking garage tickets used by 
most every major private parking operator and public 
parking authority in the United States, including major 
airports in the United States and abroad. 

Manno graduated from Northwestern in 1978 and 
was among the last students to earn an associate degree 
in printing technology before the program was 
discontinued. He also earned an associate degree in 
business administration. As a student, Manno was a 
member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and lettered for 
being a student trainer for the football team, earning 
him a spot in the Graduate "N" Club. His service to 
NSU has continued through his affiliation with the NSU 
Alumni Association, the NSU President's Council, the 
NSU Athletic Association and the NSU Foundation 

Manno holds many professional organization 
memberships and has been active in the Krewe of 
Gemini, Volunteers of America, the Strand Theatre 
Board, the American Red Cross, his church and many 
charitable and business organizations. 

continued on page 4 

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Shown from left are 
Alliance Compressor 
Plant Manager Bill 
Videtto. NSU's 
Assistant Director of 
Advancement Sharon 
Sampite, Director of 
Alumni and 
Development Dr. 
Chris Maggio and 
NSU President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb. 

Manno is married to the former Carol Lynne Averre, 
who also attended NSU, and the couple has two children, 
John Anthony "Jay" Manno 111, a freshman at 
Northwestern, and Bianca Marie "Mary" Manno. The 
scholarship is named for the couple's first child. 

Endowed by 
Local Company 

Alliance Compressors of 
Natchitoches has coordinated a 
$10,000 endowment to the 
Northwestern State University 
Foundation that will be used to 
create the Alliance Compressors Endowed 
Scholarship. The funds were awarded through the 
Emerson Trust Fund, the charitable trust of Alliance's 
parent company, Copeland Corporation. 

The scholarship will be awarded annually. First 
preference will be given to a student in the Department 
of Engineering Technology, with second preference 
being a student in the College of Business. 

"The availability of good people coming out of 
Northwestern is a big attraction to Alliance," said Bill 
Videtto, plant manager at Alliance. "There are lots of 
good recruits that come out of Northwestern." In 
addition to a person in need of financial aid, Videtto 
said the ideal recipient would be someone who is 
sincere, honest and possesses genuine, good character. 
Since Alliance opened in 1998, the company and 
Northwestern have worked together to provide 
professional development opportunities for employees 
who participate in certification programs or are earning 
degrees in electronics engineering technology or 
industrial engineering technology. 

"Companies like Alliance are important to the 
community in so many ways. By providing this 
endowment. Northwestern is able to offer financial aid 
to a promising student who may then use his or her 
training to embark on a successful career right here in 
Natchitoches," said Sharon Sampite, assistant director 
of institutional advancement at NSU. 

ROTC Scholarship Established 
by Former instructor's Spouse 

The wife of a former ROTC instructor at 
Northwestern State University found a way to 
continue helping the program her husband was part 
of for many years. A donation of $5,000 has been made 
to the NSU Foundation for the James A. Noe Cadet Fund 
at Northwestern from the estate of Maxine Peterson Port. 

Port was the widow of Sgt. Raymond Sylvan Port, 
a long-time ROTC instructor at Northwestern, who 
passed away in 1999. 

The donation will allow the Noe Cadet Fund to 
provide four $500 scholarships to ROTC students at 


"It is nice to know that people remember the 
battalion after many years," said Lt. Col. Teresa 
Galgano, commander of the Demon Battalion and 
professor of military science at NSU. "Many of our 
cadets come off active duty and struggle to make ends 
meet with a family and other obligations. Being able to 
receive a scholarship can make a huge difference for 

Northwestern's ROTC program has earned a 
ranking among the top 10 percent of all programs 
nationwide based on its commissioning rate, enrollment, 
retention, cadet quality. Leader Training Course 
recruiting and National Leader Advanced Camp 

"This donation will allow some of the cadets to 
focus on their training and academic endeavors instead 
of worrying about a part-time job," said Cadet Lt. Col. 
Nathan Jennings of Palmer, Alaska, the cadet battalion 
commander. "Seeing people willing to give back 
inspires us and links us to the past of the Demon 
Battalion. It is inspiring." 

Deer Hunt Helps Fund 

Proceeds from the first annual Northwestern State 
University-Serenity Point Deer Hunt will be used to 
create two scholarships at NSU. Funds generated were 
divided between the NSU Foundation and the NSU 
Athletic Association to create the Dan and Lilly Chase 
Serenity Point Academic Scholarship and the Dan and 
Lilly Chase Serenity Point Athletic Scholarship. 

Both scholarships are under development, 
to Dr. Chris 
director of 
Alumni and 
and Charlie 
V i e n n e , 
director for 

The Serenity Point Deer Hunt is a fund raiser in 
which donors who contribute $3,500 each to the 
University Foundation receive a three-day hunting trip 
at Serenity Point, a lodge in the Tunica Hills owned by 
Dan and Lilly Chase. The trip includes meals, lodging 
and hunting in the wooded hills along the Mississippi 
River and a visit with Demon head football coach Scott 
Stoker. The Deer Hunt is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. 
Chase, NSU Alumni and Development and the NSU 
Athletic Association. The inaugural Hunt took place in 
early January. 

Carlton Golden, who took his 1 1 -year-old son Levi 
along on the Deer Hunt, said the experience was 

"It was a great time for both of us. We both had 

Dan and Lilly Chase 

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time to relax and visit more than we usually do at home," 
Golden said. "When you sit in a deer stand for three 
hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon 
with your son, you share some quality time that is like 
none other. Levi is already talking about next year." 

Also participating were Mike Knotts of Haughton, 
a 1986 graduate of NSU; his son Christopher, 14, and 
friend Michael Waldron. 21. 

"We had a great time with good food and good 
camaraderie in a great place. It was something my son 
and I could do together," Knotts said. "Anytime I can 
give money to help a student fund their education I'm 
happy to do it. There are so many kids today that can't 
afford to go to college. When you donate money and 
have a good time to boot, what's better?" 

The Chases are generous supporters of 
Northwestern. Mr. Chase, who is from Baton Rouge, is 
a 1957 graduate of Northwestern. Mr. Chase is a retired 
educator who is now chairman and chief executive 
officer of Dan Chase Taxidermy Supply Co Inc. He 
has served as a member of the NSU Foundation Board 
of Directors and is a member of the NSU President's 
Council and the Select 100. 

Last year, a donation from the Chases to NSU 
created the Dan and Lilly Chase and daughters Marty 
Causey and Lisa Chase Endowed Professorship in the 
College of Education. The Chases have supported the 
university by hosting alumni meetings and NSU 
recruitment events at their home. 

"Besides having an exceptional outdoors 
experience, the donors who participated in the Serenity 
Point Deer Hunt know their generosity is being used to 
further both athletics and academics," said Dr. Chris 
Maggio, director of Alumni and Development. 

Scholarship Established to 
Assist Winn Parish Student 

A scholarship in memory of longtime Winn Parish 
educator Lanis D. Carpenter has been established 
with a donation to the Northwestern State University 

The Lanis D. Carpenter Memorial Scholarship will 
be awarded to a freshman at NSU from Winn Parish based 
on financial need. The scholarship will rotate between 
graduates of Winnfield Senior High School. Calvin High 
School, Dodson High School and Atlanta High School. 

Carpenter was a 
graduate of Calvin 
High School where 
he was an all-state 
player in basketball 
and baseball. He 
earned a bachelor's 
degree, master's 
degree and plus-30 at 

After teaching 
and coaching in 
Huttig. Ark., for one year, he returned to Calvin High 
School in 1 972. Carpenter taught and coached at Calvin 
until 1984. He then served as the school's principal until 

in Carpenter, Dr. Chris Maggio and 
lly Carpenter 

1994. While serving as principal, he was named to the 
Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Executive 

In 1994, he was named supervisor of secondary 
education in Winn Parish. Carpenter passed away in 

1995. He posthumously received the LHSAA 
Distinguished Service Award in 1999. 

"Our family has strong ties to Northwestern and 
this is one way to maintain what has become a family 
tradition," said John Carpenter, the son of Lanis D. 
Carpenter. "There are always students who need help 
to attend college. We want the scholarship to go to a 
hard worker who doesn't get a lot of support, but can 
succeed if they just get some help." 

John Carpenter, along with his sister Holly 
Carpenter and mother Glenda Carpenter Melton, 
thanked numerous Winn Parish residents and friends 
of his father who contributed towards the scholarship 
along with Wayne Melton who managed and oversaw 
the scholarship funds. 

"It was overwhelming that so many people wanted 
to show how they loved and appreciated my father." 
said Holly Carpenter. "Our family feels that it is very 
important to give back to Winn Parish which was a place 
my father loved. We were happy to create this 
scholarship at Northwestern because my father had such 
a good time there." 

To make a donation to the Lanis D. Carpenter 
Memorial Scholarship, contact the NSU Foundation. 
Northwestern State University. Natchitoches. LA 7 1497 
or call (318) 357-44 14. Donations should indicate they 
are for the Carpenter Scholarship. 

Point Coupee Parish Students 
Can Benefit from Endowed 

A donation to the Northwestern State University 
Foundation from Keith and Julie Bergeron will 
benefit a freshman majoring in business or 

The Bergeron scholarship will 
be endowed in three years at the 
$10,000 level and will be awarded 
to a student from Pointe Coupee 
Parish, where the Bergerons are 
from, starting this fall. The 
Bergerons grew up in New Roads 
in the rural parish and attended 
Northwestern State. 

Keith Bergeron attended NSU 
from 1 970-74 and earned a degree 
in business. He worked in banking 
in Baton Rouge and New Roads before moving to 
Shreveport in 1994 to manage Hibemia National Bank's 
retail banking division in northwest Louisiana. He was 
later promoted to northwest Louisiana regional 
chairman with responsibility for Hibernia's banking 
activities in a nine-parish area. 

Mr. Bergeron serves on the NSU Foundation Board 

Keith and Julie Bergeron 

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Pat Todd, Jr., Patricia Todd and 
Dr. Chris Maggio 

and the Dean's Advisory Board for the College of 
Business. He was instrumental in coordinating the 
Hibernia National Bank Professorship in Business. He 
was inducted into the NSU College of Business Hall of 
Distinction in 2000. 

Dr. Julie Bergeron attended NSU from 1972-1974 
majoring in elementary education and finished her 
degree at Louisiana State University in 1975. She has 
since earned three other degrees from LSU. including a 
Ph.D. last year. She was the Christa McAuliffe 
Fellowship Winner for Louisiana in 1996 and received 
a Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellowship to study in Japan 
in 2001 . She was Teacher of the Year in Caddo Parish 
in 1996-97 and is currently principal at First Baptist 
Church School. 

"Pointe Coupee is a pretty small, rural parish but 
there are always some students from there who want to 
attend Northwestern," Mr. Bergeron said. 

The ideal candidate for the scholarship would be 
"a model student who would be a lifelong learner, 
someone who wants to impact the future," Dr. Bergeron 
said. "We hope this small gift will get them off to a 
great start at a great university." 

"This scholarship will provide a valuable 
opportunity for a student from a rural area to pursue 
one of two vocations that are vital to the future or our 
state," said Dr. Chris Maggio, director of Alumni and 
Development. "Recipients of this scholarship will 
hopefully use it to follow in the footsteps of the 
Bergerons by pursuing leadership roles in business and 
education in Louisiana." 

Endowed Scholarship 
Remembers Natchitoches 

An endowed scholarship has been established in 

memory of Natchitoches businessman and civic 

leader Pat S. Todd Sr. at 

Northwestern State University. The 

scholarship was created with a 
donation to the NSU Foundation by 
the Todd family. 

The Pat S. Todd Sr. Scholarship 
will be awarded initially to a 
freshman business major at NSU. 
First preference will go to a 
Natchitoches Parish resident. The 
recipient must have a 3.0 high school 
grade point average and maintain a 
2.5 average at Northwestern. 

Todd, who passed away in November 2004, was a 
graduate of Northwestern in business administration. 
While at Northwestern, Todd was a member of Phi 
Kappa Nu Fraternity and took part in Pi Kappa Phi 
activities. He was in ROTC and was a member of the 
NSU swim team and the gymnastics team. 

Todd was a member of the Natchitoches Parish 
Police Jury. He was business manager for the W.T. "Pat" 
Todd Texaco Distributorship in Natchitoches from 1963 
until 1972 and was owner and operator of Pat S. Todd 
Oil Company from 1972 until 1991. 

He was a member of the board of directors and 

past president of the Louisiana Oil Marketers 
Association and received the President's Award for 
distinguished service. 

A former scoutmaster, Todd was a member of the 
Gordon Peters American Legion Post 1 for many years. 
He served as commissioner of public safety for the City 
of Natchitoches from 1972 until 1976 and was 
councilman at large from 1976 until 1980. 

Todd was a former member of the board of directors 
of Exchange Bank and Trust of Natchitoches. He was 
chairman of the Cane River Waterway Commission, 
president of the Natchitoches Parish Port Commission, 
president of the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club and the 
Natchitoches Parish Chamber of Commerce. Todd also 
served as secretary of the Correction Facilities 
Corporation for the state of Louisiana. 

He was a member of the First United Methodist 
Church and the Church of the Immaculate Conception 
in Natchitoches. 

Donations may be made to the Pat S. Todd Sr. 
Scholarship at the NSU Foundation, Northwestern State 
University, Natchitoches, LA 71497. Donors should 
indicate the contribution is for the Todd Scholarship. 
For more information, call (318) 357-4414. 

Scholarship Established 
for Future Educators 

The family of Mildred and A.J. Burns gave a great 
deal of thought to how to honor their parents. They 
concluded the best way would be to assist future 
educators through a college scholarship. The Burns 
family recently established the Mildred and A.J. Burns 
Scholarship through the Northwestern State University 

Both Mildred and A.J. Burns were deeply involved 
in education. Mildred Burns was an educator for 30 
years. A.J. Burns was a 
member of the Bossier 
Parish School Board 
for 18 years. 

"We thought it 

was natural to create a 

scholarship to honor 

our parents," said 

Henry Burns of , , _ ^ • n .u n j 

„ ,. e Henry Burns, Came Beth Burns and 

Haughton, a son or ^ ^; . . ' . 

\A}A A ^A \ 1 Dr. Chns Maggio 
Mildred and A.J. "^ 

Burns, who along with his brother, also named A.J., 

was a major contributor to the scholarship. "All of my 

children and their spouses attended Northwestern and 

all but one child graduated from Northwestern so it 

seemed like a neat thing to do." 

A.J. Burns is from West Monroe. 

"My mother loved Northwestern and was very 
interested in the university," said Henry Burns. We 
thought this would set an example for others and would 
create a legacy because both of them were committed 
to education." 

Henry Burns is a member of the Bossier Parish 
School Board. He has also served on the NSU Alumni 
Association and the NSU Foundation Board of 
Directors. Henry Burns and his son Jamie are also 
members of the NSU President's Council. 

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Two Nursing Graduates Reunite 

Two 1960 nursing graduates Linda C. 
IVIurphey and JVIarthia Lloyd Breediove 

met quite by accident at a family reunion 
not long ago. After meeting and finding 
out ttiey were botli nurses, tliey were 
surprised to figure out they were NSU 
classmates as well. Breediove is 
married to Murphey's second cousin, 
whom Murphey had never met. 

NSU Alumna and 
Native's Picture 
Book Wins 
Children's Book 
of the Year Award 

Ma Dear's Old 
Green House, a Denise Patrick 
picture book written 
by Denise Lewis Patrick and illustrated 
by Sonia Lynn Sadler (published by Just 
Us Books, Inc.) was awarded the 
Children's Book of the Year honor by the 
African American Academy of Arts and 
Letters. The award was presented on 
Thursday, February 17, 2005, at the 
Academy's Onyx Awards Dinner, 
Sponsored annually the Onyx Awards 
honor African American writers for 
outstanding literary achievement. 

NSU Athletes finish first in academics 

Northwestern State leads all 13 Louisiana public four-year institutions, tops the 11 
Southland Conference member institutions and is solidly ahead of the pace among 
the nation's 326 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics programs in the NCAA's 
initial Academic Progress Rates (APR) report announced Feb. 28. 

Robert Freeman ('92) and Frank Saunders ('96), NSU 
graduates, are West Monroe High School Band directors. 
Their band, considered one of the premier marching bands 
in the South, marched in the Inaugural Parade in January. 

NSU Alumnus to 
study neurosurgery 

NSU alumnus Cedrick Shorter, 

right, has been accepted into the 
neurosurgery training program at 
LSU Health Sciences Center in 
Shreveporl as a first year intern. 
He ranked fourth overall in his 
medical school class at LSU upon 
graduation this year. Shorter earned an undergraduate degree 
in biology at Northwestern in 1997. While at NSU, Shorter played 
trumpet in the Spirit of Northwestern marching band. On behalf 
of Northwestern, Jeff Shideler, RN, presented Shorter with a let- 
ter of congratulations from NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb 
and a gift package from NSU. Shideler is clinical coordinator in 
the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSUHSC-Shreveport 
and a 1979 graduate of Northwestern. 

Donation and Matching Grant 
Endows Nursing Scholarship 

The Armand and Docia Lestage LaCour Endowed 
Scholarship for a student in the College of Nursing has 
been established at Northwestern State University. The 

scholarship, made possible through a donation to the NSU 
Foundation from the Rev. Doyle and Barbara Bailey of 
Natchez, honors Mrs. Bailey's grandparents. A matching 
donation was made through the Rapides Foundation. 

Selection for the $ 1 .200 per year .scholarship is based 
on academic standing, grade point average and 
demonstrated potential for outstanding contributions to the 
nursing field. The recipient must be a Louisiana resident 
and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. 

Ann Falcone of Shreveport was selected as the first 
recipient of the scholarship. 

"Nursing is important because my grandmother was 
such a caregiver," Mrs. Bailey said. "She took care of 
children, grandchildren, neighbors. A nursing scholarship 
is a way to honor that and make it last." 

Mrs. Bailey comes from a family of caregivers, which 
she and her many relatives attribute to her grandparents" 
infiuence. Armand and Docia Lestage LaCour. long-time 
residents of the Cane River area, both lived into their 90s 
and were an example to many generations of people, Mrs. 
Bailey said. The scholarship also honors Mrs. Bailey's 

mother, Estelle "Susie" Parsons, 89, who dreamed of 
becoming a nurse, but decided to forego her education to 
support her family. 

"We chose nursing because of 
that aspect and because of awareness 
that there was a need and a shortage," 
she said. 

Rev. Bailey is a trustee for the 
Rapides Foundation, an organization 
that works diligently to improve 
education, health and the arts in the 
central Louisiana area. A portion of 
the funds for the scholarship came 
from the Rapides Foundation, in 
keeping with that organization's 
mission of wellness, Bailey said. 

"Through my work with the Rapides Foundation, I 
noticed nursing shortages and lack of funds available in 
nursing education," Rev. Bailey said. 

"Recognizing the significant role of nursing in the 
delivery of quality, cost-effective health care within 
Louisiana, the Baileys chose to impact health care," said 
Dr. Norann Planchock, dean of NSU's College of Nursing. 
"Through this endowed scholarship, a nursing student will 
be supported each year that has the potential to make 
lifelong contributions as a nurse." 

Dr. Norann Planchock, Doyle Bailey 
Anne Falcone, Barbara Bailey and 
Tony Gustwick 


Alumni Coliiimis Spring 2005 / 7 

Alumni News 


Hollywood Alumni Party: 

Alumni attending a reception in 
Hollywood included Debbie Cost 
('95) Reatha Cole Cox ('87, '94), 
Dwayne Jones ('96 ) and Amy Lyddy 
('99, '02). 

NSU alumni from all over the country met in Hollywood for a gathering. 

Alexandria Alumni Gathering 
at Tunk's Cypress Inn 

Gary and Ann ('80) Gresham and 
Nancy Weimer ('78) caught up at 
Tunk's Cypress Inn. 

Mae ('74, '82) and Leroy Williams 
('74) attended the Alexandria Alumni 
Gathering at Tunk's Cypress Inn. 

Chip and Linda Perot ('58, '64) 
mingled at the Alexandria Alumni 

Anthony ('04) and Astrid Ardian ('03) 
enjoyed dinner at Tunk's Cypress 

Recruiting Receptions: 

Hosts Mike ('86) and Susanne 
Knotts welcomed prospective 
Bossier Area students into their 

Dr. John ('63) and Jeanne Bolin 
opened their home for the Lafayette 
Recruiting and Alumni Reception. 

A group of NSU alumni gathered for 
the Lafayette area recruiting and 
alumni reception included (front) 
Mary Beth McDonald ('81), Jan 
Carboni ('75), Bryan Alleman ('00), 
(center) Molly Beach ('02), Nick 
Darbonne ('02), (back) Chad Barrios 
('95) and Susanna ('96,98) and 
Mark ('98) Deshotel. 

Julie ('89), Connor and Ricky ('85) 
Walmsley opened their home to 
prospective students and alumni at 
the Covington Recruiting and Alumni 

Marty Chase Causey, with her 
parents, hosts Dan ('57) and Lilly 
Chase, at the Baton Rouge Alumni 
Recruiting Reception. 

NSU alumni and friends gathered at the New Orleans Recruiting Reception 
hosted by Johnny Carmouche. Shown are Edie Sirmon, Jesette Sirmon, Quin 
Sirmon ('94), Carmouche, Hillary Willrodt, KC Sirmon ('02), Will Sirmon and 
Erin Sirmon. 

Shreveport Capital Campaign 

Krista and Mark ('75) Wilburn 
attended the Shreveport Area Capital 
Campaign Party. 

Amy and Allen ('89) Evans and 
Phillip Cole ('70) gathered at the 
Shreveport Area Capital Campaign 

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Baton Rouge Capital 
Campaign Party 

Charles Tassin ('55) and Sue Rainer 
('60) attended a celebration of 
Northwestern's Capital Campaign. 

Manship Williams ('70), Dianna Lehr 
Phillips ('71) andAI Phillips ('71) met 
with other Baton Rouge alumni in 
celebration of the For a Brighter 
Tomorrow Capital Campaign. 

Beth McMillan Fraser ('85), Juanita 
Martinez Coutee ('58) and Ellis 
Coutee ('60) gathered with other 
NSU alumni at the Baton Rouge 
Capital Campaign Party. 

Ryan Roberson ('99), Jason St. 
Germain ('02), Tracy Bison, Richard 
Armstrong ('01) and Jourdan Raacke 
('02) met with other alumni to learn 
how to assist in the For a Brighter 
Tomorrow Capital Campaign. 


Baton Rouge Alumni Party; 

Ann ('04) and Edwin ('01, '03) 
Lagarde, KJ Hebert ('01) and Connie 
Reeves ('04) attended the Baton 
Rouge Alumni Party at Mike 

Paula ('73) and Cecil ('58) Johnson 
and Fran ('56) and Frank Bergeron 
caught up with old friends at the 
Baton Rouge Alumni Party. 

AJ Kennedy (98), Amy Parker Wall 
('99), Brian Whaley ('00) and Jodie 
Christmas Drefahl ('99) reunited at 
the Baton Rouge Alumni Party 
annually held at Mike Andersons. 

Sherry Cannon ('71), Janet Langlois 
('71 ) and Gail Adkins ('95) gathered 
at the Baton Rouge Alumni Party. 

Baton Rouge Alumni Party 
attendants included (front) Susan 
Ferguson ('70), Linda Williams, 
Claire Mahfouz Reynolds, (back) 
Robert Lea, Essie ('70) and Larry 
Cockerell, Leia Mae Lea Wilkes ('68) 
and Manship Williams ('70). 

Texas Music Educators 

Anthony ('94) and Jennifer ('99) 
Guffey attended the annual NSU 
alumni reception hosted in 
conjunction with the Texas Music 
Educators Association Conference. 

Texas alumni who attended the 
reception at TMEA included (front) 
Paula Brown ('99), Ann Klas, (back) 
David Thompson ('03), Jessica 
Gatnez ('01), Adam Bird ('94) and 
Michelle Walters ('01). 

Mary Gibson ('03), Julie Gilfour ('03) 
and Kristen McLaurin ('04) attended 
the TMEA alumni reception. 

Serenity Point 

NSU alumni and friends gathered at Serenity Point for the Deer Hunt were 
Jeff Martin, Dan Chase ('57), Levi Golden, Carlton Golden, Mike Knotts ('86), 
Christopher Knotts, Michael Waldron, Scott Stoker ('91) and Charlie Vienne 


Bossier Capital Campaign: 

Charles Knicely ('71) visited with Bill 
Schwartz ('68) host of the Bossier 
Area Capital Campaign Party. 

Chris ('85) and Sherri Lee stopped 
for a picture during the Bossier Area 
Capital Campaign. 

John McConathy ('51), Jimmy 
Patterson ('59) and Mark 
Montgomery ('70) caught up during 
the Bossier Area Capital Campaign 

Alumni Columns Spring 2005 / 9 

Campus News 

College of Business Reaccredited 

Northwestern State 

University's College of 
Business has achieved 
reaffirmation of accreditation by The 
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools 
of Business (AACSB) International for six 
years, the longest period granted by the 

AACSB is a not-for-profit corporation 
of educational institutions, corporations 
and other organizations devoted to the 
promotion and improvement of higher 
education in business administration and 
management. Organized in 1916. AACSB 
International is the premier accrediting 
agency for bachelor's, master's and 
doctoral degree programs in business 
administration and accounting. 

To achieve accreditation, business 
programs must satisfy the expectations of 
a wide range of quality standards relating 
to strategic management of resources, 
interactions of faculty and students in the 
educational proce.>s. and achievement of 
learning goals in degree programs. These 
standards are mission-linked. During the 
accreditation process. NSU was visited and 
evaluated by business school deans with 
detailed knowledge of management 
education, applying accreditation standards 
that are widely accepted in the educational 

"Earning reaccreditation is a 
wonderful achievement for the College of 

Business," said NSU President Dr. Randall 
J. Webb. "The College of Business has 
been a driving force at the university and 
has brought a great deal of positive national 
and international attention to 
Northwestern. The faculty, staff and 
students are extremely dedicated and this 
has led to Northwestern becoming a prime 
destination for many companies seeking 
bright, capable employees." 

According to Dr. Joel Worley, dean of 
the College of Business, AACSB 
commended the College of 
Business for its focused mission, 
its efforts to achieve excellence as 
shown by the computer 
information systems program and 
the development of a reasonable 
financial plan. 

"We are extremely pleased to gain 
reaccreditation." said Worley. "We came 
out of the process as well as we could have. 

"The team found that there is a strong 
work ethic by the faculty, students and staff 
within the College of Business. They 
indicated that there was a high commitment 
to learning and that the faculty was willing 
to work with the students to meet high 

Northwestern's efforts at economic 
development through its Small Business 
Development Center were also 
commended. The SBDC was recently cited 
as the state's most productive, generating 

62 percent of loan production and 47 
percent of total capitalization obtained by 
the 13 Small Business Development 
Centers in Louisiana. 

Worley said that AACSB is one of the 
toughest accrediting agencies in higher 

"Only about one-third of the business 
programs at U.S. colleges and universities 
have earned AACSB accreditation - about 
400 out of 1,200," he said. 

"Accreditation shows that we have 
an active faculty who is conducting 
research and developing a body of 
intellectual capital." 

Worley pointed out that AACSB has 
expanded its scope and now accredits 
nearly 200 institutions outside the United 

"The College of Business at NSU 
meets or exceeds international standards," 
he said. "Dr. Barry Smiley and Dr. Carroll 
Aby started the process of building a high 
quality College of Business. We are 
determined to continue improving the 

The College of Business will submit 
Maintenance of Accreditation Report to 
AACSB annually and will receive a visit 
from the association in five years. 

Hall of 



Northwestern's College of Education 
Alumni Advisory Board is seeking 
nominations for its Hall of Distin- 
guished Educators for 2005. The in- 
ductees will participate in the NSU 
homecoming activities this fall. If you 
know of an outstanding alumni of 
Northwestern who has had a distin- 
guished career in the field of educa- 
tion please contact Dr. Cathy Seymour 
by calling (3 1 8) 357-6278, or by mail 
at College of Education (TEC), Office 
of Field Experiences. Northwestern 
State University, Natchitoches, LA 

Golden Jubilee Planned 

The Northwestern State University Alumni Association will honor this 
year's Golden Jubilee class, alumni who graduated in 1955, by hosting a 50- 
year reunion May 6-7. 

In addition to two days of planned activities, 1955 graduates will be 
recognized during the university's 120"' commencement exercises on Friday, 
May 6, according to Dr. Chris Maggio, director of Alumni and Development. 

"Those who remember dances at the Field House, watermelon parties and 
catching the train to attend the State Fair game in Shreveport are invited back 
to rekindle those memories with their classmates," Maggio said. "We want as 
many 1955 graduates as possible to return to Natchitoches for this celebration 
in their honor." 

The Alumni Association is seeking assistance in locating members of the 
Class of 1955. Anyone with information on classmates should call Maggio at 
888-799-6486 or e-mail . 

Specific details about reunion activities, as well as a list of accommodations 
and an RSVP form, are available through the Alumni Center by calling the 
phone number listed above. 

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Athlete reunions dates set for Fall 2005 

Athletes who competed in fall 
sports at Northwestern are 
in>ited back to campus this fall 
for their annual sport reunion 
weekends. These gatherings may feature 
teams celebrating anni\ersaries. but the> 
are designed to provide a chance for all 
former athletes, coaches, trainers and 
managers in a particular sport to return to 
campus to renew friendships and meet the 
current coaches and athletes. 

This year's Demon football reunion 
activities w ill be Saturda\. Sept. 24 as the 
Demons play host to Texas Southern in a 
6 p.m. game at Turpin Stadium. TTiat same 
weekend, the NSU Demon soccer reunion 
will be held as the 2005 soccer team plays 
host to North Texas on Fridav evening. 

Sept. 23. and conference rival Stephen F. 
.Austin on Sunday afternoon. Sept. 25. 

The volleyball and cross country 
reunions are Oct. 28-29. That \\ eekend. the 
volleyball team will play host to 
Southeastern on Friday night and Nicholls 
State on Saturda\ afternoon before a home 
football game against Northeastern at 
6 p.m. on Oct. 29. 

Reunion dates for other sports in the 
2005-06 athletic year will be announced 
in the next edition of the Alumni Columns. 
Check for more 
information about the reunion for your 
favorite sport, and to provide your contact 
information to the athletic department to 
get you on the invitation list for all future 

Rad-Tech Program Reaccredited 

Northwestern State 
University's radiologic 
technology program has 
maintained its eight-year 
accreditation from the 
Joint Review Committee on Education 
in Radiologic Technology. The program 
was accredited in 1999 and will receive a 
site visit in 2007. An accreditation period 
of eight years is the longest granted b\ the 
Joint Review Committee. 

"This was an interim report to judge 
whether the program was maintaining 
standards." said Program Director Laura 
Carwile. "After a review, the JRCERT 
determined that Northwestem"s program 
continued to meet the highest national 

According to Carwile. the committee 

did not require a full self-study, but did 

examine Northwestem's program closely. 

"This is a very rigorous review." said 


"An eight-year accreditation is 
lifficuit to achieve, so we can feel 
)ood about the quality of 
iducation provided by the faculty 
ind clinical partners in the 
adiologic technology program as 
veil as the high caliber of students 
md graduates. " 

This year. NSU has enrolled its largest 
class in radiologic technology clinicals as 
30 students began clinicals in Shrevef>ort 
and 10 more started in .Alexandria. The 
program has also maintained a 1 00 percent 
pass rate on the Registry Exam required 
for licensure for the second year. 

Northwestern is one of 28 bachelor's 
programs in radiologic technology in the 
U.S. accredited by JRCERT. 

JRCERT is the only agency 
recognized by the United States 
Department of Education to accredit 
educational programs in radiograph) and 
radiation therap\. According to the Joint 
Review Committee, accreditation of an 
educational program provides students, as 
well as graduates, assurance that the 
educational program will provide them 
with the requisite knowledge, skills, and 
values to competently perform the range 
of professional responsibilities expected by 
potential employers nationwide. It also 
assures they will be eligible for licensure 
in all 50 states. B\ requiring programs to 
teach the entire curriculum developed by 
the professional society, the American 
StK'iety of Radiologic Technology, it also 
assures students they will have the 
foundation knowledge to continue to 
develop as professionals in the various 
fields of the radiation sciences. 


The NSU Alumni .A.sso- 
ciation and the NSU .Ath- 
letic Association are put- 
ting together a package for 
anyone who would like to 
attend the 2005 Outriggers 
Rainbow Classic at the 
University of Hawaii in 
Honolulu Dec. 20-23. 


Now in its 41st year, the 
Rainbow Classic is the 
longest-running eight- 
team tournament in the » 
country. Participants in 
this year's tournament are 
NSU. University of Ha- 
waii, Iowa State Univer- 
sity. Colorado State Uni- ^ 
versity. Western Michigan 
University, Oregon State 
University. University of 
South Florida and Loyola 
Marymount University. 

For more information 


Charlie Vienne 



viennec @ 


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Campus News 

Football Season Tickets 
on Sale 

After winning the Southland Conference football 
championship last season, the Northwestern State 
Demons will play six home games during the 2005 
season with Coach Scott Stoker welcoming back many 
of his top players for another run at the title. Season 
tickets go on sale this spring beginning with the renewal 
phase, with season ticket holders from last season given 
a May 1 deadline to reclaim their seat locations for the 
upcoming season. Unclaimed seats will go on sale to 
the public in May. Ticket prices fit every budget and 
are linked to seat locations, ranging from the VIP indoor 
box seats to chairback season tickets in the lower deck 
west side, and locations on the east (student side) and 
the west side upper deck. For specific locations and 
price ranges, visit and click on 
the "buy tickets" button, or contact Chris Laurence at 
the NSU athletic ticket office (318-357-4268). 

Terrence McGee ('99) became the eighth former NSU 
Demon football player to compete in the NFL's Pro Bowl 
all-star game earlier this year. He enjoyed a week in 
Honolulu as the kick return specialist and a cornerback 
for the AFC Team in the Pro Bowl televised by ESPN. 
McGee played for the Demons from 1999-2002, earn- 
ing All-America honors as a kick returner and defen- 
sive back and setting the NCAA Division l-AA career 
record for best punt return average. 






Affairs Hospital and 


Marie E. Toups is a 

lives in Pineville. 

R.L. Colvard is 

retired teacher and 

employed at 

principal and lives in 


Weatherford as a 


Judith Elaine Young 

global products line 

Ahearn is a consumer 

manager for 


liaison for Volunteers of 


Janice Marie Tucker 

America and lives in 

products. He is 

Rabalais is a retired 


married and lives in 

assistant professor, 

Tomball, Texas. 

married and lives in 


Village Mills, Texas. 

Ken Can-oil is a 

Joseph Petrus is the 

registered nurse at 

owner of Petrus 


Christus Coushatta 

Energy Company and 

Henry Cook Taylor is 

Health Care and lives 

lives in Conroe, 

retired, mamed and 

in Campti. 


lives in Natchitoches. 



Janis M. Smith Monk 

Dr. Kathleen R. 

Kenny Hrapmann is 

is a retired speech 

Aguillard Stevens is a 

an assistant football 

pathologist, married 

professor and director 

coach and head track 

and lives in Bossier 

of the academic center 

coach at Jesuit High 


for evidence-based 

School in New 

nursing at the 

Orleans. He is 


University of Texas at 

married to Patty 

Joanne Mears 

San Antonio. She 

Wiggins Hrapmann 

James is a retired 

received the Texas 

('73) and lives in 

nurse, married and 

Nurse of the Year • 


lives in Alexandria. 

Award from the Texas 

Nurses Association 

Mark G. Hanna is the 


(TNA) in ceremony on 

principal partner and 

Harry B. Moore is 

September 16, 2004. 

owner of Customer 

retired, married to 

Dr. Stevens lives in 

First PR. & 

Betty Lou Smith 

San Antonio, Texas. 

Consulting and lives 

Moore ('56) and lives 

in Houston. 

in Shreveport. 


Alvin Leake is a 


Katherine L. Brumley 

pressure equipment 

Edward T Milligan is 

is retired, married 

consultant for Vessel 

retired from the 

and lives in 

Statistics and lives in 

military, an award 



winning poet and 
versatile author 


Shelia Beth Johnson 

having published two 

Weldon Middleton is 

Jones is a third grade 


an examination 

teacher at North 

specialist for Federal 

DeSoto Elementary 

James B. (Jim) Akin 

Deposit Insurance 

and lives in Shreve- 

is the global facilities 

Corporation and 


H.S.E. for Conoco 

lives in Germantown, 

Phillips, married to 



Lee W. Akin ('81) and 

Leroy Delmar Sutton 

lives in Houston. 


Jr is a pilot for United 

Carlyon Sue McCain 

Parcel Service, mamed 

Linda Lee Ware Akin 

is a nurse manager 
for the Veterans 

and lives in 
Hendersonville, Tenn. 

is the registrar at 
Home Elementary 

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School, married to 

Bureau of Indian Affairs 

Richard Newton 

James B. (Jim) Akin 

- Navajo Region, 

"Bubba" Turpen is a 

('81) and lives in 

married and lives in 

police officer for the 

Marie Toups (25) HB^I 


Gallup, N.M. 

Shreveport Police 
Department and lives 

w ^ 


Emily Salter Walker is 

in Shreveport. 

w w 

Agnes Gerelyn Perkins 

a secondary instruc- 

Marie Toups, a 1925 

m Sm 

Henson is retired, 

tional facilitator for the 

Karen Kennedy 

graduate of Northwestern 

m.^. /J 

married and lives in 

Rapides Parish School 

Cunningham is the 



Board, married and 

director of human 

State University, celebrated 


lives in Alexandria. 

resources for 

her 100"" birthday in Decem- 



Network Multifamily 


Mary Margaret McMillin 

Jon Maynard is an 

Security Corporation 


Heffington is the 

assistant vice president 

and lives in Frisco, 

Toups left Northwestern with a teaching cer- 

pediatrics nurse 

at First Federal Bank of 


tificate in hand and headed straight for the class- 

manager for Kaiser 
Permanente Medical 

Louisiana, married and 
lives in Natchitoches, 

Angelita D. Matthews 

room. She was in the educational system in 

Group and lives in 

Randolph is a senior 

Lafourche parish for 46 years. She served as a 

Citrus Heights, Calif. 


software sales 

Clay Robinson is a 

representative for 

teacher and principal in public schools for 22 years 

M. Susanne Crawford 

senior manager for 


and taught in private Catholic schools until she re- 

Wastlund is an 

Cingular Wireless, 

Business Machines 


administrative assistant 

married and lives in 

(IBM), married and 

for North Louisiana 

Hoschton, Ga. 

lives in Mansfield. 

She has been very active in her community. 

Partnership for 

Toups is a charter member of the American Legion 

Innovation (N.L.PI), 

Joe Brister is a quality 

Kendi Hensel Pirn is 

married and lives in 

control lab manager for 

an assistant 

Auxiliary founded in 1917. She is a member of La- 


American Red Cross 

professor and 

dies Alter Society, Catholic Daughters of America 

and lives in St. Louis, 

physician at the 

Emma Jean Claybrook 


University of North 

and Veterans of Foreign Wars. She has worked the 

Register is a w/eekend 

Texas Health 

polls in many elections in Lafourche parish. In 1 972 

registered nurse at 


Science Center at 

Green Meadow Haven 

LeeAnna Price is the 

Fort Worth, married 

she received the Lions Club citizen of the year 

Nursing Home, married 

director of adult 

and lives in Arlington, 

award. She has held leadership positions several 

and lives in 

development for the 


times in these organizations. 


Girl Scouts Pelican 


Council and lives in 


While she attended Northwestern, Toups 


Bossier City. 

Jennifer Zimmerle is 

played basketball, attended concerts and was a 

Sharon Kay Claussen 

the human resources 

Crotteau is a semi- 

Ken Lynn Moses 

manager for Imerica 

member of the Seekers After Knowledge sorority. 

retired registered nurse 

Candies is a stay at 

Financial Corpora- 

Her fondest memory of Northwestern is the 

and lives in Duson. 

home mom, married 

tion, married and 

beautiful campus and her teachers. There are two 


Keith Childress is a 

and lives in Luling. 

lives in Tampa, Fla. 

teachers that she distinctly remembers, Mr. 

Ginger Dawn LaCaze 

Shannon Collette 

Alexander who taught English and Ms. Kyser who 

teacher and coach at 
Donaldsonville High 

Humbles is an 
employee advocate for 

Bolin Ebard is a 
homemaker, married 

taught psychology. 

School, married and 

Red Simpson, Inc., 

and lives in 

Throughout her life she has enjoyed taking 

lives in St. Amant. 

marhed and lives in 

Muskoge, Okla. 

trips with friends to the Smokey Mountains, Cali- 


Louisa Bruch Naber 

fornia and Alabama. Toups has also enjoyed going 

Karen Denisse Adams 


is a social worker at 

to horse racing tracks. She has visited the Kentucky 

Webre is a registered 
nurse for mother/child 

Madelyn Boudreaux is 
a technical writer for 

Memorial Hermann 
Hospital, married and 

Derby and almost every track in the southern and 

at North Monroe 

Ovid and lives in Salt 

lives in Houston, 

western regions of the country. 

Medical Center, 
married and lives in 

Lake City Utah. 


She believes that her greatest accomplish- 

Tina Bonstaff is a 

Ashley Ann Pasquier 

ment upon graduating from Northwestern is living 

senior program 

Klamfoth is a 

ICO o 

David Wayne 
Cheatham is the I.T. 

coordinator for Tulane 

licensed clinical 

a good, full life. 

University Health 

social worker at 

field manager for the 

Sciences, married and 

Northeast Regional 


lives in Metairie. 

Hospice, married to 


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Class Notes/Profiles 

William Klamfoth 
('94) and lives in 

Services, married and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

teacher, married and 
lives in Lockport. 

Louisiana at Monroe, 
co-director of the 

Todd Barrios ('93) 

West Monroe. 

Miss ULM pageant 

Lamuel D. Holmes is a 


and collegiate 

'V Torthwestern alumni, Todd 

Katy Marie Hendrix 
LaBauve is an 

sales consultant at 
Walker Honda and 

Courtney Schexnayder 
Barnett is a home- 

coordinator national 
officer for Sigma 

-L ^ Barrios, received the Chef of 

administrator and 

lives in Wildsville. 

maker, marhed to 

Sigma Sigma 

the Year award. 

director of nursing at 

Joseph Barnett ('96) 

Sorority. She lives in 

Barrios graduated from 

Southern Home 
Health, married and 

Ruth Ann Franklin 
Brumley is a payroll 

and lives in Prairieville. 


Northwestern in 1993. He is cur- 

lives in Lake Charles. 

supervisor at 

Daren Sean Coutee is 

Christopher Dew is 

rently working at the University 

Amerisafe, Inc. and 

a billing specialist for 

supervisor of 

Club in Baton Rouge as the execu- 

Paul Arevalo is a 

lives in Leesville. 

XO Communications, 

communications and 

juvenile probation 

married to Stephanie 

training at The 

tive chef. Since he graduated. Bar- 

officer for Harris 

Steven D. Miller is an 

Harrell Coutee ('95) 

University of Missouri 

rios has worked for various places 

County Juvenile 

assistant football and 

and lives in Carrollton, 

at Rolla. 

including Al Copeland and Ruby 

Probation, married 

head track coach at 


and lives in Houston, 

Olive Branch High 

Damian Nikell 

Tuesday as a manager. 


School, married and 

Charles Henry Thomas 

Johnson is an 

The Chef of the Year 

lives in Olive Branch, 

is a consultant for Booz 

airplane pilot for the 

award is voted on by the Ameri- 

Jennie Marie Dewil 


Allen Hamilton and 

Louisiana Depart- 


(Sparks) Cook is a 

lives in Washington, 

ment of Agriculture 

can Culinary Federation, which 

special education 



and Forestry, married 

Barrios has been a member of since 

teacher at Anacoco 

Rev. Thomas H. 

and lives in Longville. 

2002. He is currently president of 

High School, married 

Worsham, IV is the 


to Bryan David Cook 

young adult and 

1 «/«/v 

Tammy Joan "TJ" 

Paula K. Brown is a 

the Baton Rouge chapter. Mem- 

('88) and lives in 

college minister at First 

Marsh is an athletic 

band director at 

bers of the organization nominate 


Baptist Church in Ft. 

trainer for inMotion 

Kerens High School 

and vote on candidates for the 

Anna M. Sepulvado 

Worth, Texas 

Sports Medicine & 
Trigg Co. High School 

and lives in Kerens, 

award. He was very honored to 

Fletcher is a 

Kathleen Curl is a self- 

and lives in 

receive the award because it was 

homemaker, Avon 

employed marketing 

Hopkinsville, Ky. 

Patrick Brown is 

given to him by his peers in the in- 


Web consultant and 

currently serving in 

J * 

married and lives in 

lives in New Orleans. 

Dylan Payne is a 

the United States 



medical sales 

Navy and stationed 

Barrios graduated with a 

Captain Thomas A. 

representative for 

in Virginia. 

degree in hospitality and institu- 

Wes Alost is an 

"Andy" Fields is an 

Forest Pharmaceuti- 

associate at Berine 

assistor professor of 

cals and lives in Dallas, 

Robert "Keith" 

tional services. While he attended 

Maynard & Parson 

military science at NSU 


Franklin is a therapist 

Northwestern, he was involved 

LLP and lives in 

and lives in Natchi- 

at Nix Specialty, 

with the Spirit of Northwestern 

Dallas, Texas. 


Brandon H Mitrhpll i<; 

enrolled in a doctoral 


L^l Ol lUVJI 1 1 l> 1 VI 1 ILiI l\^M lO 

a certified account 

program at St. 

Demon Marching Band drum line, 

Mary Daniele Nelson 

Joseph Barnett is a 

representative for 

Mary's University in 

Kappa Kappa Psi and Kappa Omi- 

Slaton is a 

neurology specialty 

Allstate Insurance and 

San Antonio, Texas, 

cron Nu, an honorary organization 

psychotherapist at 

account executive for 

lives in Silver Springs, 

and will graduate 

' JO 

Krist Samaritan 

Abbott laboratories, 


August 2005, with a 

in the Hospitality, Management 

Center, married and 

married to Courtney 

Ph.D. in Counselor 

and Tourism department. 

lives in Pearland, 

Melaina Schexnayder 

Daniel Roland Hardin 

Education and 

His greatest memory from 


Bamett ('97) and lives 
in Lockport. He 

is a special education/ 
educational technology 


O J 

Northwestern is meeting his wife 

Nathalie Roziers is 

recently returned from 

teacher at Northwood 

Angle Long Sexton is 

Sheree Griffin and his experiences 

director and head 

a year in Iraq, where 

High School and lives 

a real estate agent 

in the music department. 

tennis pro at 

he commanded B-Co 

in Shreveport. 

for Keller Williams 

Sherwood Country 

489'^ EN BN, US Army 

Realty, married and 

Barrios feels his greatest 

Club and lives in 

Reserves and was 

Tanesha Marchand is a 

lives in Tucker, Ga. 

accomplishment since graduation 

Newbury Park, Calif. 

awarded a Bronze Star 

teacher at NSU Middle 

is starting a family. He currently 

for his services. 

Lab School and lives in 

Brennan Peter Mack 

G J J 


is a pilot for Starflite 

has a five-year-old daughter and a 


Danielle Brunet 

Aviation, married and 

son on the way. 

Gwendolyn Faye 
Grigg Noel is director 

Rodrigue is employed 
by the Lafourche 


Kathleen Gillan is the 

lives in Pearland, 

His biggest aspiration for 

of nursing at Home 

Parish School Board 

coordinator of Greek 

the future is to open and run his 

Health Community 

as a fourth grade 

life at the University of 

own restaurant. 

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Class Notes/Profiles 

Lesley Marie Roberts 
Vance is a home- 
maker, married and 
lives in Lynchburg, Va. 

Damon Roberson is 
employed at the office 
of the Secretary of 
State as compliance 
official and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 


Brand! Renee Starks 
is the innkeeper at 
Church Street Inn and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

Ericca Reynolds 
Clark is a public 
relations coordinator 
at Paragon Casino 
Resort, married and 
lives in Alexandria. 


Michael Bates is a 
route salesman for 
Schw/an's Food 
Company, married 
and lives in Pineville 

Rosemarie Bethley 
Finklea is an 
accounts payable 
supervisor for the 
state of Arkansas and 
lives in Beebe, Ark. 

June Michot Guillory 
is the assistant to the 
director of Inst. 
Research and 
Effectiveness, married 
and lives in Hessmer. 

Patricia Pratt Franks 
is a legal secretary at 
Dunahoe Law Firm, 
married and lives in 


Brandon Mayeaux is 
a sales associate at 
Collins & Stamey 
Real Estate and lives 
in Natchitoches. 

Ronald Seth Busby is 
an unemployment 
insurance tax agent 
for the Louisiana 

Department of Labor 
and lives in Shreve- 

Daniel Wesley Miller is 
an accountant at 
LSUHSC, married to 
Marsha Brandon Miller 
('02) and lives in 

Kevin S. Odom is a 
financial advisor for 
Wells Fargo Financial, 
married and lives in 

Vanessa Rachelle Byrd 
Farmer is an office 
manager at American 
Civil Constructors, Inc., 
married and lives in 
Cleveland, Texas. 

Jermaine Shuntez 
Thomas is the director 
of compliance at the 
Boys & Giris Club of 


Michael Dean is a 
registered nurse at 
Willis Knighton Health 
System and lives in 

Sara Griswold Cade is 
employed at Exchange 
Bank, married and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

Faye Jones is a 
paralegal at Luneau 
Law Office and lives in 

Dustin Matthews is a 
loan officer for First 
Federal Mortgage and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Becky Jo Owens 
O'Neal is a teacher at 
Benton Middle School, 
married to Hariie 
O'Neal ('03) and lives 
in Bossier City. 

Jennifer Tippett is a 
registered nurse at 
Willis Knighton South 
and lives in Bossier City. 

Jennifer Elizabeth 
Jackson Thrasher is a 
fifth grade teacher at 
Hancock North Central 
Elementary, married 
and lives in Pass 
Christian, Miss. 

Craig Anthony Jones is 
a manager at UNO 
Chicago Grill and lives 
in Baltimore, Md. 

Laci Jeree' Dertling is a 
third grade teacher at 
Ossun Elementary and 
lives in Lafayette. 

Stacey Dianne 
Thompson Lantz is a 
sales representative for 
Yellow Book USA, 
married and lives in 

Bruston Kade Manuel 
is a recruiter for 
Goldman Sachs 
Company and lives in 


Amanda Johnson 
Waites is a library 
specialist at NSU, 
married and lives in 

Anthony Lee Morales 
is a staff registered 
nurse at Sand Lake 
Hospital, married and 
lives in Windermere, 

Christy Rene Groves is 
a first grade teacher at 
White Hills Elementary 
and lives in Baton 

Ariene Denise 
Chamblee Brooks is an 
air quality inspector for 
the La. Department of 
Environmental Quality 
and lives in DeRidder. 

Lindsey L. Huffman is a 
field service represen- 
tative for Inter-Tribal 
Council (I.TC) and site 
coordinator for Institute 

for Indian Development 
(I. I. D.) and lives in 

In Memory 

John L. Weffenstette, 

Danville, III, January 11, 2004 

Dr. E. Robert Black, 

Dr. Charles Lynn Bissell 

Colorado Springs, Colo. 

December 8, 2004 

35 Jesse L Boucher, 

Springhill, December 25, 2004 

Dr. Gail Goodwin Bolton, 

January 2, 2005 

'59 John Rabb 

Cut Off, March 2005 

Milt Tarver, December 20, 2004 

'85 Thelda Harris 

William E. Timon, Jr. PhD, 

Kerrville, Texas, 

Natchitoches, February 7, 2005 

February 23, 2005 

Alumni Invited to 

Second Annual 

Family and Friends Cruise 

The Rev. Dan Cook and Holy Cross Catholic Church of 
Natchitoches announce that plans for the second annual Family 
and Friends Cruise are underway, A limited number of vacancies 
are available for the five-night Western Caribbean cruise to Playa 
del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico, the week of Aug. 8. 

This year's cruise will be held onboard Carnival Cruise 
Lines Sensation and will sail out of New Orleans for two days in 
Mexico and five nights onboard the Sensation. 

Package prices begin at $529 and include all port fees, 
taxes, meals, onboard entertainment and inside cabin 
accommodations, as well as a meet and greet party on board. 

All NSU alumni, current and former faculty, staff and 
students, as well as friends of Holy Cross, are invited to 
participate, regardless of religious affiliation. Father Cook, 
pastor of Holy Cross, will celebrate mass daily onboard the ship 
for anyone interested. 

"We are excited about our second annual cruise," Cook 
said. "We invite everyone to join us for this wonderful time of 
fellowship and renewing old acquaintances. We were fortunate 
to be able to arrange such a great price for a summertime 

Round trip sailing out of New Orleans is scheduled for Aug. 
8. The ship will dock at Playa del Carmen on Aug. 10. 
Participants can enjoy excursions, shopping and other 
entertainment in Cozumel on Thursday, Aug. 11. 

Anyone interested in the trip can call Jared at Holy Cross 
Catholic Church at (318) 352-2615 or (318) 205-0896. 

You can also visit 

for more information, or call Lisa at 888-987-7245 ext. 12. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2005 / 15 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

The Intramural Building has been a part of 
Northwestern 's campus for over 70 years. 

The building, which used to be the men's gym, was 
built in the 1939. The gymnastics team was housed in the 
facility and all of the men's basketball games were played 

A few years later, the building was turned over to the 
Recreational Center. At that time, all sports and sports offices 
were located in the building. The facility had a racquetball 
court, a weight room and a game room. 

From 1939 to 1998 the only changes that were made to 
the building were replacing the roof, new piping and a new 
gymnasium floor. 

In 1998, the Student Government Association proposed 
legislation to assess a $75 fee to students each semester that 
would cover the costs of renovating the Intramural Building. 
The student body voted and with a 65 percent majority vote, 
the legislation was passed. 

In order to save money, the University decided to 
renovate the existing building instead of building a new 
structure. The building would be expanded from 39,000 sq. 
feet to 80,000 sq. feet. The new three-floor facility will 
include free weights, cardiovascular exercise equipment, an 
indoor walking track, racquetball courts, a gym, an aerobics 
workout area, staff offices, a computer lab and a snack bar. 

The cost of the project was estimated at $6.9 million. 
The groundbreaking was held in March 2003. The building 
has not only acquired a new look, it's name has also been 
changed. NSU students will no longer know it as the 
Intramural Building but as the Wellness, Recreation and 
Activity Center. 

Read more about the new Wellness, Recreation and 
Activity Center in the upcoming Summer issue of the Alumni 

Show your Demon Pride 

Northwestem State University alumni and friends can show their 
school spirit to anyone who shows up at their front door. The NSU 
Alumni Association is offering colorful NSU welcome mats in five differ- 
ent styles and sizes to reflect pride in Northwestern and its athletic 

A rectangular mat with the university logo is available in two sizes, 
a 22-inch by 30-inch mat for $30 and a 34-inch by 48-inch bath mat for 
$50. Available for $30 each are a football-shaped 22-inch by 35-inch 
mat, a basketball mat 29 inches in diameter and a baseball mat 29 
inches in diameter, each depicting the "Flaming N" logo. Fans can also 
purchase floorboard mats for their cars. Sizes are 24 inches by 18 
inches for front mats, 1 inches by 1 7 inches for back seat mats. A pair 
of car mats costs $55. 

"These welcome mats bring Demon spirit right to your front door," 
said Dr. Chris Maggio, director of Alumni and Development at NSU. 
"This is a fantastic way for friends of Northwestern to show pride in 
their alma mater." 

Anyone interested in purchasing a Northwestern welcome mat can 
contact Janay Matt at the NSU Alumni Center at (318) 357-4415 or 
1-888-799-6486 or email qiblinj(a) . 

Demon Fans Can Receive Updated Information Via E-mail 

The Southland Conference will initiate distribution of a new 
monthly e-newsletter. The e-newsletter will provide dedicated fans 
of the league the latest information on the Southland and its insti- 
tutions. Media, boosters, alumni, students and faculty are invited 
to subscribe. 

"The Conference is not interested in sending information to 
individuals who do not want it," according to Tom Burnett, com- 
missioner of the Southland Conference. "We are not sending 
'spam' and we are not selling the lists to outside agencies. The 
newsletter has an 'opt-in, opt-out' feature that allows subscribers 
to eliminate any future mailings." 

The project is being coordinated by Kristie Le, director of 
media relations for the Southland Conference, 

Anyone interested in joining the e-mail list can do so by e- 
mailing Le at kle(S)southland.orq or visiting the conference web- 
site at 

Guess Who? 

Can you guess the names of these 1955 
Student Council Officers? If so, please contact the 
Office of Alumni Affairs at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 
799-6486. The first five people to call with the 
correct answers will win a prize! 

Congratulations to the following 
people who knew1 975-76 SUGB 
officers Pam Lynch, Rory Alexander, 
Dock Voorhies, and Doug Norris in 
the Winter 2004 issue. 

Mr. Dock Voorhies— 1975 

Mr. Dennis Gaines— 1975 
Bossier City 

Ms. Pamela Locke— 1978 

Alumni Columns Spring 2005 / 16 

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Men's Basketball Celebrate First SLC Championship in 31 Years 

It had been 31 years since the 
Northwestern State Demons basketball 
program last celebrated a conference 
championship, but the drought ended 
March 4 when a screaming throng of 
3,299 fans in Prather Coliseum savored 
a 103-73 thrashing of McNeese State 
that clinched the Southland Conference 
championship for coach Mike 
McConathy's Demons. 

That was among an impressive 
collection of milestones for McConathy 
and his sixth NSU squad, which finished the season 21-12 as regular- 
season SLC champions and SLC Tournament finalists. Even a 49- 
42 loss in the tournament championship game to Southeastern 
Louisiana couldn't spoil the sense of accomplishment about the 2004- 
05 season, or the tremendous anticipation for the 2005-06 season, 
when the entire starting five and all but one player from this year's 
team should be back aiming for another title and an NCAA Tournament 

McConathy has three winning seasons in his first six years as 
head coach. To put it in perspective, when McConathy arrived, NSU 
had only five winning records in 23 years since joining NCAA Division 
I in 1976-77. The Demons reached the SLC Tournament 
championship game for the third time in six seasons. 

NSU surged to the Southland championship and the conference 
tournament tilie game with a 10-game winning streak. That was its 
longest streak in 45 years overall, including 27 seasons of Division 

I basketball. There hasn't been a 
streak of 9 wins since 1959-60, 
when the GSC champ Demons 
won 14 straight. 

The Demons won 19 
regular-season games for the first 
time since the 1959-60 Demons 
were 23-5. The 1973-74 (21-9), 
1981-81 (19-9) and 2000-01 
Demons (19-1 3) all had 18 or less 
regular-season wins. 

With 21 wins, NSU had its 
first 20-win season in 31 years, since a 21-9 record including three 
postseason wins (NAIA District 30, NAIA National Tournament) in 
1973-74. There have been eight previous 20-win seasons all-time 
(1926-27, 1948-49, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1957-58, 1959-60, 
1 973-74, 2004-05) since the Demons began playing hoops in 1 91 3. 
NSU posted its most SLC wins (13) in 18 seasons, since the 
Demons joined the Southland for the 1987-88 season. 

Support reached unprecedented levels during March Madness. 
In five homecourt appearances in March, the Demons drew an 
average of 3, 1 23 fans in Prather Coliseum, including a high of 3,623 
for their SLC Tournament championship game televised nationally 
by ESPN2. 

Among those watching proudly from the stands were 
McConathy's parents, John and Corene McConathy, both NSU 
alumni. His father was an Ail-American for the Demons in 1 951 and 
the No. 5 pick in the 1951 NBA Draft. 

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